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‘The strongest arms I have ever known embrace me – all of me. He speaks to me with touch and holds me in the space between words. If this isn’t love, then it doesn’t exist.’

Well wasn’t this just a swoon-worthy witty and sexy read with a good dose of unexpected emotion and of course angst thrown in for good measure. We say ‘unexpected’ because we initially thought this was going to be a simple light and fluffy story and whilst it was that it was a whole lot more as well. There were a few casualties of the heart along the way.

‘He sucks me in, bleeds my sanity, arrests my heart, and bares my soul. And that’s just with his eyes.’

Jewel E Ann sure has a talent for spinning a fabulous story, bringing forth a good balance of drama, angst, humour and heat and we’ve yet to finish a book of hers without a big dopey satisfied grin on our faces, and…falling in love with her men!

“I am a good guy…with a bad boy side too.”

For the most part, we loved Undeniably and became thoroughly swept up in this story until a twist happened which caused Sydney, our heroine to temporarily lose her marbles!  The twist and its eventuating miscommunication is one that irritated us. We must stress that our issue with this sort of storyline is by no means exclusive to this book. Rather, it’s a trope we’re a bit over of and one we don’t particularly enjoy as it never fails to turn a strong, straight thinking heroine into a self-centred, selfish woman, incapable of making a rational decision which kind of what happened to Sydney. This saddened us deeply because ‘pre twist’ Sydney was funny and sweet with a wicked sense of humour. And then….she grated on us. How much convincing did this woman need and how many bad decisions was she going to make before the penny dropped? Though in fairness to her, she did try and right the wrongs, just not hard enough.

“I. Love. You. Period. It’s a goddam soul-shattering love that will never, ever be matched. My love for you is unapologetic and forever.”

When Sydney housesits and dog sits Swarley for her Aunt and Uncle, little did she realise the massive effect this decision would have on her life. Was it fate that the sexy, athletic, naughty talking, playful cocky and cheeky Paediatric (well…soon to be) Doctor, named Dr Lautner Sullivan **insert swoony eyes here** entered her life? Well, his appearance certainly throws a spanner in the works for our Sydney.

“Here’s the problem. I don’t know how to live if I’m not loving you. It’s like asking my lungs to expand without air, my heart to beat without blood, my eyes to see without light. It’s just not possible.”

There’s no doubt we loved Lautner. How could we resist him?  Impossible! Jewel E Ann really does know how to write an irresistible hero and in Lautner she excelled! Lautner had it all, however, we also fell in love with the sweet, kind of nerdy, very attractive Veterinarian, Dr Dane Abbott. What a sweetheart this man was. He was always there for Sydney, lending a hand and being a friend when she needed one and we won’t forget the initial meeting between Sydney and Dane when Swarley, took a particular liking to Dane’s crotch with hilarious results!

“I think you already know Swarley.”
Swarley’s magnetic attraction to a certain crotch is distracting. Although he’s not my dog, and I’m sure Dr Abbott is used to it, I feel the need to explain his behaviour.
“He must think you have a big piece of meat in there.”

Somewhere along the way, Dane seemed to suffer from a complete personality change and we felt he was treated a little shoddily! In our opinion, this guy didn’t have a mean bone in his body and was loyal to a fault. Then suddenly his whole character changed and we were left thinking he became a bit of a sacrifice.

‘Paging Dr. Abbot. There is an impostor in your body and he has diarrhoea of the mouth. Please don your white lab coat and come restrain him, STAT!

Now through the genius of Jewel E Ann’s writing, she managed to turn around our feelings by delivering a  perfect ending and equally perfect epilogue. Our hearts were melted and we were left downright giddy with the pure romance of it all and this did alleviate some of the sadness and frustration we experienced in parts of this story. And as we already mentioned…Lautner Sullivan is deeeelicious! Overall this was a fun, angsty, romantic, sweet story that had us experiencing a range of emotions from sheer joy to wanting to hurl our Kindles. 

‘It’s not about belonging to someone. I belong to no one. It’s surrendering to a physical need that outweighs all reason. The rapturous flood of sensation that comes from being taken, controlled by another for pleasure. I want Lautner to take me, control me, drown my senses in a sea of physical euphoria.’

Synopsis

One crazy dog—one awkward vet—one naked pool guy—and one life-changing month in California to make friends, fall in love, and twist fate. 

Who gets paid to walk a dog and recline by the pool all day? Sydney Montgomery, aspiring museum curator and professional house-sitter, that’s who. 

When her aunt and uncle need a house and dog sitter for thirty days in Palo Alto, Sydney can’t turn down the chance to be closer to her sister in L.A. Within twenty-four hours of her arrival, Sydney’s cleaning up runny dog poo, taking an uncooperative pooch to a handsome yet awkward vet, and being rescued from the bottom of the pool by a naked “pool guy.” 

Lautner, “pool guy,” has a hot body and a cool persona. With eyes of iridescent blue oceans, he is mesmerizing, sexy, and addictive. What he is not—the pool guy. 

Dr. Lautner Sullivan is a college wide receiver turned pediatric resident. He knows how to woo a woman with flowers, pastries, and sweet tea. Lautner is every girl’s dream, but Sydney is not every girl. She’s immune to rainbows, fairytales, pixy dust, and the “L” word. 

The attraction is immediate, the friendship is earned, and the love is undeniable. Thirty days is their forever, but forever is not long enough. 

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